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Thread: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

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    Question Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    This is another little interesting tidbit I heard on the radio today. Some more liberal states are considering taking overweight children away from their parents, charging the parents with child abuse, and putting the children in foster care. What's your opinion?

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    That's a hard one. I can imagine what constitutes as child abuse being argued forever.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    If the child was in immediate danger, or an emergency situation, I would say temporarily to start.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    The story kind of caught my interest because I knew kids in school who were diabetic and who had glandular disorders, all of who tended to be overweight.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Ah. That's still hard because I would say the fault becomes less and less the parents as the child grows up. It would certainly be taking away free choice from the kid and a lot of people don't like that concept very much. At the most, what you said might come down to very poor parenting, but that's me looking from the outside in.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    It's a tough one. But it certainly could be considered child abuse past a certain point.

    Parents who let their children get morbidly obese are subjecting them to life-threatening conditions, sometimes before they even break double-digits. Do I think that could be considered child abuse? Yes. Endangering your child's life in any other way is child abuse. Why shouldn't this be?

    However, I think age needs to be taken into account, a medical work-up of the child needs to be performed to eliminate any natural causes of morbid obesity, and if the child is not severely overweight there should be a warning and counseling system.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?



    I'm sorry I....I just can't get past the title of this thread. It's too damn hilarious.

    "I'm sorry m'am. We're taking your son away because you made him fat." BWAhahahhahahahah!
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    Thanks for your awesomeness, Jeezy.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    You would have to show that you're improving the child's situation. You start with a very, very large negative on that account--taking the child away from her parents. So whatever good there is to come of that has to be even greater than that immense harm.

    I suspect that there are only a few cases, percentagewise, that could ever warrant such a thing.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Absolutely not.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    You would have to show that you're improving the child's situation. You start with a very, very large negative on that account--taking the child away from her parents. So whatever good there is to come of that has to be even greater than that immense harm.

    I suspect that there are only a few cases, percentagewise, that could ever warrant such a thing.
    My thoughts almost exactly. Taking a child away from its parents and putting them in the foster system is extremely bad for them. The child would have to be in an extremely bad home situation for doing so to be justified.
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